CHEVELLE have issued a statement officially confirming the departure of bassist Joe Loeffler. The band had previously posted a message on their web site claiming that Joe had decided to "take a break to be home with family" while they head out on the road with 30 SECONDS TO MARS and TAPROOT. In their latest statement, CHEVELLE write, "We've spent 10 great years building CHEVELLE, but irreconcilable differences have led to an unfortunate parting of ways between Joe and the band. CHEVELLE will return to the road for a string of summer shows, to be followed by writing sessions for a new album. Thanks to all of our fans, friends and family for their continued love and support. We look forward to seeing all of you on tour. Adds Joe Loeffler, 'This will be positive for me and my brothers. I'm looking forward to all of the new opportunities this will make available to me.'"
The statement is signed by Joe Loeffler, along with his brothers, CHEVELLE singer and guitarist Pete Loeffler and drummer Sam Loeffler.
Joe Loeffler lashed out at his brothers in a posting on the band's web site last week, saying, "I was fired, plain and simple; in fact, there wasn't even a discussion about it — they just dropped it on me."
CHEVELLE have recruited former FILTER guitarist Geno Lenardo to take over on bass for the band's tour, which began on Saturday (July 9).